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Sculpted figure Bembe / Buyu Kalunga (N° 19982)

The statue embodies the spirit of water Kalunga, among the many spirits of nature revered by the Buyu. The male character wears the janiform mask Alunga or even Echawakoba shared by the Bembé.Patina satin, abrasions and cracks.

Grating flows have mixed the same territories within the same territories of Bembe, Lega, Buyu (Buye) or Boyo, Binji and Bangubangu. The Bassikassingo, considered by some to be a sub-clan Buyu , are not of bembe origin although they live on their territory, as Biebuyck's work has helped to trace their history. Organized in lineages, they borrowed the association of the Bwami Lega. The traditions bembé and boyo are relatively similar They venerate the spirits of nature, water specifically among the Boyo, Buyu , but also heroic ancestors, whose will is sought through divinatory rites. Hunting is also an opportunity to make sacrifices of gratitude to entities that have been begged for favour and protection. Their masks are rare and their function little documented.  

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OriginEx collection belge
EthnyBembe
CountryRDC
Material(s)wood
Height52
Width18
Weight3.05 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xxème

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